Khama wants to see 2015 Bil­liat

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KHAMA Bil­liat says that he has spent much of this sea­son search­ing for him­self‚ the player that he was when he won the Pre­mier Soc­cer League’s player of the sea­son award in 2015-16.

This is not to say that Bil­liat is not in line for the award again this year.

He is Sun­downs’ joint-top scorer this sea­son with Percy Tau on nine goals.

It says some­thing for the qual­ity of Bil­liat that he can be a lit­tle off colour and still be one of the best play­ers in the coun­try.

And there’s even de­bate about whether Bil­liat is even off colour.

His coach Pitso Mosi­mane says he’s asked Bil­liat to play a dif­fer­ent role‚ less chas­ing goals into the box‚ and more play­ing around the box‚ turn­ing provider.

The for­ward’s 13 as­sists are eas­ily the most for Downs‚ to Tau’s eight.

Like any fine player though, and the lit­tle Zim­bab­wean with a touch of ge­nius is one of those, Bil­liat is not quite sat­is­fied.

It is re­veal­ing that‚ asked where the full-flow­ing Bil­liat of 2015-16 is‚ he replied: “I also want to see him — I’ve been look­ing for him.”

Bil­liat re­fuses to put his qui­eter form down to a fail­ure for over­seas trans­fers to ma­te­ri­alise af­ter clean­ing up the PSL’s player‚ play­ers’ player and mid­fielder of the sea­son awards last sea­son.

This while he watched team­mate Kea­gan Dolly find a lu­cra­tive move to Mont­pel­lier in France’s Ligue 1. “No‚ no‚ it’s not that‚” Bil­liat said. “I just need to work a bit harder‚ like my coach has been say­ing. And try to cre­ate more com­bi­na­tions and work­ing to­gether‚ and un­der­stand each other bet­ter as a team. It (not go­ing over­seas) didn’t (af­fect my form).

“I don’t be­lieve it has had some­thing to do with my per­for­mance be­cause it didn’t hap­pen once. Even in pre­vi­ous sea­sons there were times where it looked like I would leave the team‚ and I didn’t and I still kept on go­ing. So I wouldn’t look at it that way,” he said.

Bil­liat had one of his best per­for­mances of 2016-17 as the ar­chi­tect, in­clud­ing two goals, of Sun­downs’ 5-0 de­con­struc­tion of SuperSport United last week.

Sun­downs team­mate Sibu­siso Vi­lakazi, who dom­i­nated the 2013-14 PSL awards while at Bid­vest Wits, can at­test to how dif­fi­cult it can be to main­tain stan­dards once you have be­come a marked man in the league.

Mostly‚ though‚ it is just a more re­fined‚ cir­cum­spect Bil­liat we are see­ing this sea­son‚ even if he de­mands more from him­self. There are other con­tenders for the 2016-17 player of the sea­son — Tau and Cape Town City’s Le­bo­gang Manyama per­haps stand out. But Bil­liat’s name seems cer­tain to be among the nom­i­na­tions again come late May. — TMG Sport

Khama Bil­liat

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